Posts Tagged healthcare

In reversal, board says gynecologists may treat men

Yesterday Vero wrote about the “arbitrary, discriminatory, unnecessary, and dangerous” rule that obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) must only treat cisgender women if they plan on keeping their board certification. “There is no good reason why any physician should be barred from providing services they are qualified to provide,” she wrote, adding that it is was “worrying” how little thought the certifying board appeared to have given to trans folks or anyone existing outside of the gender binary.

Yesterday the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) released an updated statement clarifying the policy and listing a number of select cases in which certified physicians are “allowed” to treat men. As reported by the New York Times the statement reverses the earlier directive and says that Board members are ...

Yesterday Vero wrote about the “arbitrary, discriminatory, unnecessary, and dangerous” rule that obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) must only treat cisgender women if they plan on keeping their board certification. “There is no good reason why any physician should be barred from providing ...

Via Healthcare.gov

Forget the headlines: Here are 5 fundamental facts about Obamacare (with bonus GIFs)

1. You have until December 15th to sign up.

I’m currently uninsured and I’ve gone onto the New York exchange to compare my options.  Like I’ve said before, I had 124 choices, so going through them is taking time.  But let’s be real: I’m probably going to be like this until the first deadline on December 14th:

And for people who are uninsured who want to avoid the $95 penalty, you have until March 31st to sign up.  Only the people who want coverage beginning on January 1st, have to sign up by December 15th.  We all procrastinate.  Most Americans will sign up at the very last minute.    

1. You have until December 15th to sign up.

I’m currently uninsured and I’ve gone onto the New York exchange to compare my options.  Like I’ve said before, I had 124 choices, so going through them ...

Dear Journalists: Your privilege is clouding your perspective on Obamacare website glitches

If I see one more journalist symbolically log on to the Obamacare website, I’m going to scream. If you’re making faux calls into the call center, only to complain about the lack of hold music, as if that is what’s critically important here, you’re severely missing the point.

If I see one more journalist symbolically log on to the Obamacare website, I’m going to scream. If you’re making faux calls into the call center, only to complain about the lack of hold music, as if ...

Immigrants pay more into Medicare than they use

In fact, they are kind of paying for citizens hospital care. The New York Times reports:

“The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to the part of Medicare that pays for hospital care, a trust fund that accounts for nearly half of the federal program’s revenue. It found that immigrants generated surpluses totaling $115 billion from 2002 to 2009. In comparison, the American-born population incurred a deficit of $28 billion over the same period.”

Why is this? Most people are arguing that immigrants tend to be young and working age, and therefore contribute more to taxes than the older citizen population. I would also argue that it’s because immigrants use medical services much less. Recently arrived immigrants 

In fact, they are kind of paying for citizens hospital care. The New York Times reports:

“The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to the part of Medicare that pays for hospital care, ...

No Access. No Choice. Trapped

New TRAP laws force Virginia abortion clinic to close after 40 years of service

Earlier this month, the Virginia Board of Health voted 11 to 2 for new, irrational regulations on abortion clinics in the state, which many reproductive health and justice advocates correctly noted were intended not to make clinics safer for patients but to effectively erode access to abortion care in the state.

This weekend, the effects of such laws were felt loud and clear, as Hillcrest Clinic, the first South Hampton Roads medical facility ever to provide legal abortions, decided to close its doors for good after 40 years in business, noting that it would cost nearly $500,000 to meet the requirements set by the new law, including changing ventilation and temperature controls.

Since it opened in 1973 on 1600 E. ...

Earlier this month, the Virginia Board of Health voted 11 to 2 for new, irrational regulations on abortion clinics in the state, which many reproductive health and justice advocates correctly noted were intended not to make clinics ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Arizona introduces bill to prosecute transgender people for using the “wrong” bathroom.

Esquire editor says women are “ornamental” and like “cool cars.” But it’s cool, because they feature old women like Cameron Diaz.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus explains that his party lost the women’s vote because they didn’t reach out to “emotional” voters. Thanks. I think I’m going to cry now.

More stories from survivors of sexual assault in the military.

Why support for marriage equality has risen so quickly.

A 13-year-old girl was raped by two football players. Now she’s being bullied online.

Meet 29 amazing women in STEM.

Hey! Maybe Pope Francis only hates gay people half as much as we thought!

Did ...

Arizona introduces bill to prosecute transgender people for using the “wrong” bathroom.

Esquire editor says women are “ornamental” and like “cool cars.” But it’s cool, because they feature old women like Cameron Diaz.

Republican National Committee Chairman ...

Quick hit: Moving forward from past reproductive injustices against black women

Dr. Vanessa Cullins (Vice President for External Medical Affairs at PPFA) and Eleanor Hinton Hoytt (Black Women’s Health Imperative President and CEO, featured in the video above) have co-authored an important piece on The Grio framing recent progress in civil and women’s rights in proper historical context which includes reproductive injustice against women of color. This topic is especially timely because of recent revelations by the Israeli government that Ethiopian women were coerced into accepting long-acting birth control shots, likely Depo-Provera. Cullins and Hoytt write (all emphasis mine):

“As we reflect on how this progress was born from injustice, we are reminded of the many black women whose lives or deeds led the way and changed history. Fannie Lou ...

Dr. Vanessa Cullins (Vice President for External Medical Affairs at PPFA) and Eleanor Hinton Hoytt (Black Women’s Health Imperative President and CEO, featured in the video above) have co-authored an important piece on The Grio framing ...

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

If you haven’t yet, go read @ClinicEscort‘s account of explaining the importance of abortion rights to an Amtrak-full of students heading home from Saturday’s “March for Uterine Conscription” (scroll down to January 26).

The NYT on the BS lawsuits challenging religious groups’ responsibility to provide insurance that covers birth control under the new health care law.

The Boy Scouts are close to ending their ban on gay members and leaders.

In case you haven’t heard, Hillary Clinton might be the next U.S. president.

And her supposed disinterest in running has become a bit less convincing over time.

Family Inequality ranks workplace gender discrimination bills.

Spoiler Alert: What we should learn from Downton Abbey about maternal health.

On queer rights, ...

If you haven’t yet, go read @ClinicEscort‘s account of explaining the importance of abortion rights to an Amtrak-full of students heading home from Saturday’s “March for Uterine Conscription” (scroll down to January 26).

The NYT on ...

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